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by Doug Robinson And how sweet she is. Over 180 friends and family attended the surprise birthday party hosted in the honor of Mary Griffin’s birthday, which was held at the beautiful Harris’ Pelham Inn. “She thinks she is coming here to receive an award for volunteerism from Salemhaven,” commented Salemhaven Community Liaison Stephanie Micklon. “This is going to be a total surprise.” “There are a lot of important people here tonight to share in Sweet Mary’s birthday party, so, tonight, we are going to check our titles at the door,” commented Micklon, who served as Master of Ceremonies and is a longtime friend of Mary’s. U.S. Congressman Charlie Bass, NH Executive Council Members Ray Wieczorek and John Sununu, and NH State Representative Kevin Waterhouse list only a few of the political dignities who attended to pay tribute to Sweet Mary.


Salem Community Patriot Happy Birthday, ‘Sweet Mary’ Patriot


Born in Lynn, MA, Mary Griffin attended Lynn English High School, class of 1943, and continued on to further her education at Pierce Secretarial College. She has been retired from her position as a legal secretary and her position as a District Clerk Secretary. As a Windham resident, she was a charter member and continues to serve on the Cable Committee. She was the host/emcee for Windham Cable Television for 12 years. Congressman Bass commented that, “I remember my first interview with you when I first got started. Phew. What an interview. I remember as I was walking away that my position in politics could be quickly over after that interview. Nobody can beat your commitment and she is the heart of Windham. The size of this crowd just shows how important she is to us all. She is a great public servant.” For the past 15 years, Sweet Mary has touched the “souls and lives” of many of her constituents as she has served her position as a NH State Representative. As a NH State Representative, she has been elected Deputy Majority Whip as well as Majority Caucus Whip. Sweet Mary’s list of organizations, accomplishments, and involvement could fill a phone book: Board of Governors, Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service, 2004-2006; National Federation of Republican Women, 2000-2006; Member, Manchester Republican Women’s Club; Member, Nashua Republican Women’s Club; Member, New Hampshire Senior American Pageant; Member, Salem Senior Singers; Member, Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars Sunshine Spreaders; Member, Salem Women’s Club; Member, Seacoast


walking path, covered pavilion/concession stand, and playground areas as the direct result of the gifting of the land from Sweet Mary’s family. For centuries and generations to come, children and adults alike will be able to rest, relax, or simply play in one of Windham’s “Jewels.” However, the night of the ceremony, Sweet


Having received her dozen yellow roses (yellow has the significance of friendship), Mary Griffin and close friend Stephanie Micklon react to the surprise birthday party


Republican Women’s Club; Member, Windham Capital Improvement; Member, Windham Crimeline of South New Hampshire; and the Legislative Chair of the Windham Women’s Club. Sweet Mary also has been a Representative, White House Conference on Aging, 2005; Member, Windham Planning Board; Former Member, Capitol Improvement Committee; Former Member, Conservation Committee; and Former Member, Economic Development. “She used to have a farm stand where she


would sell produce and such from her farm. She trusted everyone. I remember that she would leave a can unattended for folks to drop their money into it. She is so kind and so generous. She has always been giving to others for the 40 years I have known her.” Windham residents today enjoy Griffin Park’s three baseball fields, soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, in-line skate park, paved


Mary was not being recognized for her legacy of life’s political and personal achievements—she


Elsie Talanian, Anne Priestley, Stephanie Micklon, and birthday girl Mary Griffin take a moment to enjoy the night planned ahead


Mary Griffin celebrates the moment with U.S. Congressman Charlie Bass, Stephanie Micklon, NH Executive Committee Members Ray Wieczorek and John Sununu


was being honored because she is loved. Micklon summed up the evening best by saying, “She is a really good soul.” Another close friend to Mary stated, “When you give to others, it always comes back.”


NH State Representative Kevin Waterhouse commented, “She is the greatest.” For those who wish to sing along with Sweet


Mary while she sings, dances, and performs the popular Dean Martin song, “Nobody Loves Me,“ view http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=FnrBF3dCwws. Here are the words:


You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you you’re nobody ‘til somebody cares. You may be king, you may possess the world and its gold, but gold won’t bring you happiness when you’re growing old. The world still is the same, you never change it, As sure as the stars shine above; You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you, So find yourself somebody to love.


The world still is the same, you never change it, As sure as the stars shine above; You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you, So find yourself somebody, find yourself somebody, Find yourself somebody to love.


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New Gazebo Beautifies Salemhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center


by Doug Robinson Extreme Home Makeover, stand aside. Thanks to the wonder donation by Salem’s Exchange Club and the hard work done by the volunteers and professionals of the Contractor’s Association, a beautiful gazebo has been constructed and placed on the Salemhaven property. Working as a well-orchestrated symphony, contractors graded,


leveled, and assisted the crane operator to place the large gazebo “spot on” in the direct center of the graded area. Once the gazebo was located at the top of the hill, it still had


a ways to go to be set in its correct position. As this point in time a crane was needed to lift the gazebo approximately 5 feet in the air and then swing the gazebo over a fence, extend its arm about 15 feet, and then place the gazebo on it new home. “He worked the crane so that it seemed effortless,” commented onlooker, Bonnie Breen, VP Bank of New England. “They put the gazebo directly in the center. It was amazing. Everybody cheered.” With the addition of the gazebo, Salemhaven continues to position themselves as the premier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Southern New Hampshire. “From the moment you enter Salemhaven you will sense that this is no ordinary residence. Here special touches abound … in our spacious dining room … in our lovely patio - the perfect place for outdoor relaxing … and in our attractive private and semi-private accommodations. They are all tastefully decorated and have a warm and caring atmosphere with a quality of service to match,” writes Salemhaven. Salemhaven is Medicaid and Medicare Certified and provides


general medical and 24-hour nursing care as well as a number of specialized programs and services to our residents. “Choosing the right setting for a relative, a friend - or even yourself - isn’t always easy. Our residents maintain their independence and dignity, while enjoying the graciousness, companionship, and safety that are important characteristics of Salemhaven. Our comfortable


SHS Students Inducted into National Honor Society


by Robyn Hatch The National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nations premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, those students have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1920. It is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the chapters found in all 50 states. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their


Gazebo being carefully lowered into place


rooms, delicious meals, courteous service, and convenient location are all designed to provide health care with a just-like- home feeling” writes Salemhaven. “We are extremely great full to both the Exchange Club and to the Contractors Association for this wonderful gift. We look forward to being able to provide more services, concerts, and music for our residents. Who knows maybe we will even have a wedding in the Gazebo someday,” comments Stephanie Micklon, Community Liaison.


accomplishments, challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and in community services.


Class of 2012: Christopher


Bacho, Brittany Burke, James Ota, Natalie Ramos, and Hannah Sambataro Class of 2013: Jachary Arnold,


Joshua Boutin, Kelsey Card, Rebecca Collins, Kara English, Shannon Foglia, Neal Foley, Kate Hammett, Naomi Houle, Justin Juranovitis, Sahil Kalyani, Reanna Lombardozzi, Brianna Marand, Jillian McColgan, Leila Melhem, Robert Merritt, Daniel Morin, Hari Nath, Lucas O’Neil, Hannah O’Shaughnessy, Noelle Ojo, Leawndra Oseghali, Brianna Rastello, Johathan Rheaume, and Jamie Shore.


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CHILDREN’S DAY


staff photos by Doug Robinson


courtesy photo by Bonnie Breen staff photo by Robin Hatch


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